Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted about my favorite Christmas project for 2012 yet. It was so hard to wait until after the holidays, and here it is nearing the end of January already!
We had a whale of a good time this Christmas, and in more ways than one. A few months ago I found out about Child’s Own Studio, and thought it was just about the most adorable thing I had ever heard of. Wendy makes customized toys for kids based on their own drawings. I hadn’t really made toys before, but I so wanted to give it a try. I have a few little nephews on my husband’s side of the family, and I thought I’d try making some “stuffies” for them. I figured it would be a win-win; I’d get to try my hand at kids’ toys, and they would (hopefully) get some fun, customized Christmas presents.
Enter the whale.
K. W. (5 years old) enjoys drawing whales. His mom sent me a few of his drawings, and I just fell in love with his fantastic version of these sea creatures. I pictured them having white, fuzzy tummies (for some strange reason!), so I used furry fleece for the tummy and anti-pill fleece for the rest of the body. The eyes are felt with buttons in different sizes to be accurate to the drawing and preserve this blue beluga’s great personality.
I used purple ribbon for the stripes, and stitched on the mouth by hand. The spout was a tad difficult to figure out. I wanted it to stay soft and huggable, but also look water-like. I ended up using some chiffon left over from a dress. It’s probably not common in kids’ toys, but it did the trick!
This fuzzy fella was the first of the three toys I made, and he became quite popular around our house. I don’t know what he has been officially named, but here he earned the nickname of Wonky the Whale. He just has such a cute, goofy personality. Here’s the original drawing:
Look familiar? I sure hope so, as that was the point!
And here’s my happy nephew with his drawing and his new straight-from-the-page stuffed animal. I hope he enjoys it for years to come. Our pal Wonky also makes a great pillow!
Stay tuned for two more toys I made for my nephews, as well as my other crafting projects for Christmas 2012 gifts. I’m really behind, so I hope to post about them soon!
Christmas Toys 2012:
And the Tractor